City and Seattle Public Schools sign letter for new Memorial Stadium and new high school

Seattle Public Schools owns two property parcels at the Seattle Center, and SPS has now signed a letter with the City of Seattle for a new Memorial Stadium and a new high school. Here’s the intro paragraph to the 6-page letter:

“We the undersigned representatives of Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and he City of Seattle (the City), agree to jointly develop and agreement to collaborate on the design of SPS properties for a new Memorial Stadium and high school that meets the stated needs of SPS and of the adjacent Seattle Center property. The design should be spectacular and integrated with the Seattle Center Campus. Additionally, we will collaborate to explore nearby alternative sites for the future SPS high school.”

Note that while both parties agree to a new high school, there is no guarantee that it will be on Seattle Center grounds, it could be at a “nearby alternative site” – but that would likely still keep it in the neighborhood. And, a new high school will address the looming issues with a lack of a local public high school. Queen Anne high school students currently attend Ballard High School.

Here’s the full Seattle Center map:

You can read the full SPS letter online.

Public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary departures is July 20th

Last month, the City of Seattle held a public meeting on the departures requested for the renovation of and addition to Queen Anne Elementary. However, a resolution to the requested departures was not met, and now another public meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th at 6pm in the Queen Anne Elementary cafeteria.

Queen Anne Elementary School is requesting departures from Code for the following:

1 – Increased lot coverage

2 – Modification of “required parking spaces”

3 – On-street bus loading and unloading

At Thursday’s meeting, there will be a brief presentation on the requested modifications for the QAE renovation and a period for public comment. The committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Public comment received at the first meeting on June 6th will also be taken into consideration.

Written comments may be submitted by Tuesday, July 18th via email to: maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov.

You can learn more about the changes coming to Queen Anne Elementary here.

Lakeside School opening The Downtown School on Lower Queen Anne

There’s been much discussion about the need for additional schools in the area, especially high schools. Lakeside School, the high school that Bill Gates and Paul Allen attended, is opening a “Lakeside affiliated micro-school” near Seattle Center.

The private school, named The Downtown School, will open at 204 Warren Ave N, a 1927 brick building owned by the Archdiocese of Seattle. The building was previously home to Sacred Heart School and Waldorf High School (photo from Lakeside School):

Lakeside has a lease for the space and will update it in advance of opening in the fall of 2018. At full enrollment, the school will serve 160 students in grades 9 through 12. Tuition will be $17,000 per year, which is almost half of Lakeside School’s 2018 tuition rate of $33,280.

The Downtown School will begin accepting applications this fall for students entering 9th and 10th grade in the 2018-2019 school year. For more information, visit Lakeside School’s website.

Public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary renovation is this Monday

Queen Anne Elementary is expanding, and its growth brings changes around the school. From traffic impacts, bus load/unload, and on-site parking, the Seattle Public Schools has released a SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) document in advance of breaking ground. Seattle Public Schools has prepared a Draft SEPA Checklist for Queen Anne Elementary School Addition Project.

First up, here’s the plan for the remodeled school:

The 100+ page document is available online – here are its key findings:

  • The expanded Queen Anne Elementary School is expected to accommodate a student capacity of 500—an increase of about 80 compared to current enrollment. The expansion may result in 10 additional employees—up from 50 current employees.
  • The expansion project is estimated to generate net increases of 54 vehicle trips during the morning peak hour and 53 vehicle trips during the afternoon peak hour.
  • Traffic conditions will continue to be busy along the roadways that surround the site—4th Avenue N, Bigelow Avenue N, Boston Street, Crockett Street, and Newton Street—in the morning before school begins and in the afternoon when school is dismissed.
  • Traffic generated by the school is expected to add some delay to the study-area intersections during the peak 20 minutes around arrival and dismissal. However, all study-area intersections are expected to continue operating at the same levels as without the project during both morning and afternoon conditions.
  • The project would increase on-site parking from 21 to 30 spaces, and is expected to increase midday parking demand by 12 or fewer vehicles.
  • During the evenings when large events are held at the school (typically once per month or once every other month), on-street parking demand surrounding the school is expected to continue to be well utilized.

Seattle Public Schools is holding a public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary to present the project and answer questions. All are welcome to attend this meeting at Queen Anne Elementary (411 Boston St) on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

If you can’t make the meeting and would like to submit written comments, you can do so via email through 5pm on  June 16th. You can also snail mail comments to:

Pegi McEvoy
Seattle Public Schools
MS 22-183
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165

Seattle Architecture Foundation kicks off tours of Queen Anne this weekend

Do you have out-of-town guests or would you like to learn more about the architecture that makes up our neighborhood? The Seattle Architecture Foundation’s series of Queen Anne tours fits the bill for both (or either). The monthly tours begin this Saturday, May 6th and run through October 14th.

The tours wind through the neighborhood, highlighting houses, apartments, and repurposed buildings. Plus, views, hidden gems, and more in a two-hour walking tour.

You can buy tickets for the tours online, each one runs approximately 2 hours, from 10am to noon, and takes place rain or shine. Advance registration is strongly encouraged as these tours are popular and fill up fast!

SPS seeks volunteers for Queen Anne Elementary Departures Advisory Committee

Republishing as the original post, along with 9 other posts, was deleted during the server migration – note the deadline to apply is this Friday, April 21st.

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Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is looking for volunteers for the School Departures Advisory Committee for Queen Anne Elementary. What exactly does “departures” mean? As Queen Anne Elementary faces a redesign (see image below for latest plan), SPS seeks a “departure process” from the Seattle Land Use Code Section.

The departure process allows for the construction, addition, and/or renovation of schools that do not necessarily meet all of the land use and zoning standards of the surrounding neighborhood.

Queen Anne Elementary School is requesting such departures from Code for the following:

  1. Less than required off-street parking
  2. Greater than normally allowed lot coverage
  3. On-street bus loading and unloading

The committee will hold one to three public meetings at Queen Anne Elementary during a 90-day period beginning when the committee is appointed. Per SPS:

“At the meetings, the committee will receive briefings from the Seattle School District, and gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will forward a recommendation to the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.”

Who’s eligible to apply?

  • Neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Queen Anne Elementary
  • Residents in the surrounding neighborhood
  • Representatives of city-wide education issues
  • Parents of future QAES students

Other committee members will include a representative from the School District and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by email or snail mail to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Get ready for Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball and help local schools too

targys2016halloweenposter-withqae-printv2The kids have Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, but the holiday certainly isn’t exclusive to little ghouls and goblins on Queen Anne. For those 21 and over, Targy’s Tavern is hosting a Halloween Costume Ball next Friday, October 28th with live DJs spinning tunes for a Halloween dance party. Plus, proceeds go to local elementary schools, so the kids benefit too.

Last year, Targy’s hosted a Halloween costume party that ended up being a great Queen Anne community event. They’re doing a repeat performance this year, and the suggested $10 donations benefit John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary. So, while you’re grooving to tunes spun by Queen Anne’s own three-person DJ crew, SpaceStation206, you’ll also be helping out our local schools.

Each of the SpaceStation206 DJs has a unique style, so in addition to Halloween themed songs like Thriller and Ghostbusters, they’ll also play a mix of both current dance songs and old school 80s and 90s classics – last year, a conga line formed for Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long.

The Halloween dance party begins at 9pm at Targy’s Tavern, 600 West Crockett St, with voluntary $10 donations accepted at the door. Costumes are encouraged!

Get your costume ready and head to Targy’s Halloween Dance Party next Friday!

Firefighter Story Time at the Queen Anne Library this Thursday

halloween-14-qa-fire-mainA favorite Seattle Public Library program is coming back to Queen Anne. October is fire prevention month, and Seattle Fire Department firefighters will hold story times with books on fire safely for local children. Plus, they will have firefighting equipment and trucks on display to inspire all future firefighters.

Firefighter Story Times is free and everyone is welcome, no registration required. In addition, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be available.

Mark your calendars for this Thursday, October 6th from 11am to 11:30am at the Queen Anne Branch, 400 W Garfield St for Firefighter Story Time. Especially timely or those little ones who plan to be firefighters this Halloween (like the photo above from a couple Halloweens ago) or beyond.

Community meeting on new addition to Queen Anne Elementary this Monday

QAE frontQueen Anne Elementary is a recipient of funding from the Seattle Public Schools Excellence IV (BEX) Capital Levy. Seattle voters approved the levy in 2013, and now the community can learn more about how the funds will benefit Queen Anne Elementary.

The building originally opened in 1905 (and still has the original John Hay name on it) and was recently modernized for reopening as Queen Anne Elementary in 2011. As with many elementary schools in the area, Queen Anne Elementary is suffering from overcrowding. The $16.4 million in funding allows it to grow via an addition with 8 new classrooms (200 seats) and a new gymnasium.

The latest scope documents show that the scope of work will include, but is not limited to, the aforementioned classrooms and gym as well as, technology infrastructure, redevelopment of the site (bus, parking and drop off), covered walkways, an outdoor covered area, street frontage improvements, and the demolition of existing portable units.

Design work for the new addition and gym began in February of this year. Seattle Public Schools expects the construction to start in June 2018, with a planned 2019 opening.

If you would like to learn more, ask questions, or provide input on the project, attend a community meeting at the school (411 Boston St) this Monday, June 6th, from 6:30pm to 8pm. At the meeting, you can learn more about the project scope, schedule, and design.

 

Rally for reinstatement of Queen Anne Elementary Principal on Friday

We’ve had several emails from Queen Anne Elementary parents today about the resignation of Principal David Elliott. Per parents, Seattle Public Schools has accepted Elliott’s resignation, which is being described as a “forced” resignation. Seattle Public Schools has not issued a formal statement, the flyer below is from Queen Anne Elementary parents.

The QAE parents are hosting a rally and petition signing at the corner of 4th Ave N and Newton St, tomorrow, Friday, October 23: